"It's critical that anyone looking to be sustainable enact guidelines of diversity within their own organizations," Ahmad Ashkar, CEO and founder of the Hult Prize Foundation, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis.
The Hult Prize, often called the "Nobel Prize for students," is the world’s largest student competition and one of the world's most prestigious awards for the creation of new social enterprises.
As part of our Talking Diversity video series, Ashkar goes on to explain why diversity matters to the Hult Prize Foundation, which already counts students from more than 130 different countries as part of its applicant pool, in this 90-second clip.
Ahmad Ashkar continues to lead the organization he himself founded in 2009 as CEO, named by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine as one of the top five ideas changing the world. Prior to Hult Prize, Mr. Ashkar held senior positions as a management consultant, banker and real estate executive. His experience in innovation, new market entry, and global expansion is backed by a total career deal book of a half-billion dollars. Mr. Ashkar is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Ahmad also serves as an adviser to both private and government sector entities across the Middle East where he consults on youth empowerment and entrepreneurship, innovation, crowdscience and social entrepreneurship. Ahmad is a recognized expert in his space and has been profiled as a social innovator by Harvard Business Review. He has regularly appeared as a coach and speaker on social impact, entrepreneurship and innovation at the Clinton Global Initiative, Abu Dhabi Entrepreneurs Summit, Silatech, United Nations, and other notable gatherings. He has appeared on Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, FOX, Al-Jazeera, MBC and other major media outlets world-wide and has been profiled by leading publications in the US, Brazil, UAE and across Europe.
As a Palestinian-American, Ahmad also serves as an independent advisor to the municipality of his hometown of Tulkarm, West Bank, Palestine. He holds a MBA from the Hult International Business School and undergraduate degrees in Finance and Marketing from Avila University.
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